ULA Delivers WGS-7 for Seamless Communication
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, CA: United Launch Alliance (ULA) has added another feather in its success by launching seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite through a ULA’s Delta IV rocket. It’s the ULA’s seventh launch in 2015 and the second successful ULA launch in mere eight days.
The WGS spacecraft is based on the BSS-702 satellite bus and weighs 6, 000 kilogram carrying a Ka and X-band communications payload. It is developed for a service life of fourteen years. Originally named as Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, this new launch is intended to serve as an interim between the previous Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and the then- planned Transformational Satellite (TSAT) series.
“Kudos to the Air Force and all of our mission partners on successful launch and orbital delivery of the WGS-7 satellite. The ULA team is honored to work with these premiere U.S. government and industry mission teammates and to contribute to the WGS enhanced communications capabilities to the warfighter,” says Jim Sponnick, VP of ULA, Atlas and Delta Programs. He further adds that the team continues to emphasize reliability, and one launch at a time focus on mission success to meet our customer’s needs.
The Wideband Global SATCOM system provides anytime, anywhere communication for the warfighter through broadcast, multicast and point to point connections.
“A single WGS satellite has more communications capability than the entire constellation. It provides the capability for cross-banding, which means you can connect the X-band and Ka-band for users that might be on those different bands at any time. This gives the unique ability to support the warfighter whether they’re at tactical headquarters or on the move,” concluded Doug Downs, an Air Force captain with the Military Satellite Communications Directorate during a launch webcast interview.